Kim Richey in Cambridge, MA, 2002
|Birth name||Kimberly Kay Richey|
|Born||December 1, 1956|
|Origin||Kettering, Ohio, USA|
|Genres||Country, Folk, Roots|
|Labels||Mercury Nashville, Lost Highway, Vanguard, Lojinx|
Kimberly Kay "Kim" Richey (born December 1, 1956 in Zanesville, Ohio) is an American singer/songwriter. Though her work fits into the general country music category, her sound is not easily categorized. Her songs have been hits on both the country and pop charts. She has often been described as an Americana artist.
Her 1995 self-titled debut album provided her first country hit, "Just My Luck", as well as the follow-up "Those Words We Said" (which was also covered that same year by Trisha Yearwood). Her follow-up album, 1996's Bitter Sweet featured a more pop-oriented sound.
In 1997, "Let the Sun Fall Down" (from her debut album) was featured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, "Never Kill A Boy On The First Date" (episode 1.05). Although Richey did not appear in concert in the episode (as Velvet Chain did), her song played over the episode's emotional climax, in the penultimate scene.
She has also had significant success as a songwriter for others. She collaborated with Radney Foster on "Nobody Wins" and co-wrote Trisha Yearwood's hit "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)". Maura O'Connell covered her song "Every River".
In 2003 her track "A Place Called Home" was featured in Dawson's Creek on season 6, episode 21, and also in 2004 in episode 16 of season 5, "Shells", of the Angel television series as well as the season 2, episode 6 episode of Alias television series, "Salvation". The song later appeared on the Angel soundtrack, Live Fast Die Never. Her album Chinese Boxes, was released on July 10, 2007 with her new single "Jack and Jill".
"Wreck Your Wheels" was released in 2010.
After living in England for three years, Kim Richey returned to the US. Richey continues to perform and released "Thorn In My Heart" in 2013.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US Heat||US Folk|
|Wreck Your Wheels||
|Thorn in My Heart||55||26||20|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|US Country||CAN Country||CAN AC|
|1995||"Just My Luck"||47||36||—||Kim Richey|
|"Those Words We Said"||59||50||—|
|1996||"From Where I Stand"||66||—||—|
|1997||"I Know"||72||71||—||Bitter Sweet|
|2000||"The Way It Never Was"||—||—||—|
|2002||"The Circus Song (Can't Let Go)"||—||—||—||Rise|
|2007||"Jack and Jill"||—||—||—||Chinese Boxes|
|2013||"Come On"||—||—||—||Thorn in My Heart|
|1995||"Just My Luck"||Dani Jacobs|
|"Those Words We Said"||Pamela Springsteen|
|1997||"I Know"||Luke Scott|
|2000||"The Way It Never Was"||Jude Weng|
|2007||"Jack and Jill"||Stephanie B. Keane|
Major songwriting contributions
- "CMT : Videos : Kim Richey : Just My Luck". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Kim Richey : Those Words We Said". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Kim Richey : I Know". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Kim Richey : The Way It Never Was". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Kim Richey : Jack And Jill". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 30, 2011.